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1. CHARLES PFAFF'S BEER CELLAR

Pfaff's, New York City, with Walt Whitman,
seated, in foreground, 1857.

Library of Congress
"The vault at Pfaffs where the drinkers and laughers meet to eat and drink and carouse
While on the walk immediately overhead pass the myriad feet of Broadway
As the dead in their graves are underfoot hidden
And the living pass over them, recking not of them,
Laugh on laughers!
Drink on drinkers!
Bandy the jest!
Toss the theme from one to another!
- unfinished poem (more...)

Charles Pfaff's was a popular Bohemian beer cellar at 653 Broadway that flourished between 1860 and 1875. It hosted some of New York City's most unconventional and creative people, including Walt Whitman.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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